Discovering the Minnesota State Fair
The first year I lived in Minnesota, I heard a lot of talk about the state fair. It seemed like the Minnesotan event of the summer, the one thing that everyone seemed to go to. I was intrigued. I’d never been to a state fair before. Oh, sure, Michigan has one, and New York has…
This sweet dog was hanging out with his people yesterday at the Bastille Day block party at Barbette in Minneapolis, MN. Pit bull terriers really get a bad rap, and this guy was the perfect example of how sweet they can be. Just look at that smile!
Another Year Older
On Sunday I turned 33. I’m getting to the age where birthdays start to seem bittersweet – it’s great to celebrate another year of life, but at the same time I know my years are limited. I realize I don’t know how many years I’ll get, but I know it’s not all that likely to…
Tomato Travels, or Where’d You Get That Cow?
A few weeks ago I read this New York Times article about major brands marketing their foods as local to the area where they are either grown or processed, and it got me thinking about what shopping and eating “local” means to me. If I shop at Target, which is headquartered here in Minneapolis, is…
So, So Sweet!
There’s something about warm weather that makes me crave sweets. I’ve gotten a little out of control lately, having dessert after lunch and dinner and taking afternoon trips to the local bakeries for fudge brownies and lemon squares, so I’ll be abstaining for a while to break the habit. But of course that doesn’t mean…
A Hard Rain
After a week or two of sunny days it felt great to get some rain, and tonight’s showers were true summer rain showers. They rolled in while the sun was still out and poured almost directly down for about 20-30 minutes. Then the storm cleared and Cooper and I got to get out for a…
Fourth of July
While we usually travel for the 4th, we decided to spend it at home this year, and we weren’t the only ones. We had thought that with the long weekend most people would be heading up to lake homes and other vacation spots, but it seems the rising cost of fuel kept a lot of…
Today we took a few new bike trails and got a bit, well, lost. We were in Minneapolis the whole time, but you’d never have known from the scenery. Soft rolling hills, open pastures and shade trees lined our bike trail, which, we discovered, headed into the heart of downtown. The trail did get a…